Crime & Justice

Officer repeatedly punches man following pursuit in Pasadena

A screenshot showing deputies taking someone into custody. One of the deputies punched the man repeatedly.
A screenshot showing deputies taking someone into custody. One of the deputies punched the man repeatedly.
NBC L.A.

Video shows that a law enforcement officer punched a man lying on the ground multiple times following a high-speed San Gabriel Valley pursuit that ended in Pasadena, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Two officers appear to be attempting to restrain the man in the video. One officer appears to punch the man four times to the body, climbs on top and straddles him and then throws more punches near the man's head. A third officer then runs over to help restrain the man.

"There is no justification for those blows," University of South Carolina professor and use-of-force expert Geoffrey Albert told the Times.

This followed a pursuit of involving San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies of a burglary suspect that began in Rancho Cucamonga, according to the Times, citing sheriff's department spokesperson Cindy Bachman.

Three suspects were taken into custody, Bachman told the Times. The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department was also involved in another pursuit and a controversial beating that followed, which led to San Bernardino County paying $650,000 to a man beaten by deputies after being thrown off a horse.